Pak lawmakers threaten resignation if Butt continues at PCB

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2010, 18:32 PM IST

Karachi: Pakistan lawmakers Monday threatened to resign from the National Assembly Standing Committee on Sports, if PCB chairman Ejaz Butt does not quit from his post or the government fails to sack him within 24 hours.

The confrontation was prompted by Butt leaving for Dubai to attend an ICC meeting, ignoring a summon from the NASC to appear before the committee and inform them the spot-fixing scandal surfaced during the last tour of England.

"Butt should resign by tomorrow or the government should remove him or else the committee members have the option of handing over their resignations to the National Assembly speaker," Iqbal Mohammad Ali, who heads the NASC on Sports, said.

"Butt has done a lot of damage to Pakistan cricket and it can`t afford anymore controversies and issues.”

"We will see what happens tomorrow but the members have discussed handing in their resignations," he said.

The NASC on Sports includes 18 members.

Seeking to the defuse the situation, Talib Rizvi, a legal advisor to the PCB, assured the NASC that "We are preparing for the hearing and all other people summoned by the committee will attend it."

In Pakistan, the nation`s President directly appoints the chairman of the board in his capacity as chief patron.

Butt, a former Test player who completed two years in office this month, has been severely criticised for his handling of cricket issues and his apparent interference in selection issues.

The PCB chief has been blamed by former players and officials for his failure to build relations with other boards.

Butt was recently in the news for alleging English players of throwing matches against Pakistan in during the controversial ODI series.

However, Butt later withdrew his statement and tried to mend fences with the England and Wales Cricket Board, which had sent a notice to him to either apologise or face legal action.